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The Patriots have found their replacement for the departing Bill O’Brien: former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 35-year-old McDaniels will join the Patriots immediately and help coach the Pats as an assistant during the playoffs. Then, he’ll take over as the offensive coordinator on a full-time basis in 2012.
McDaniels spent this past season as the OC with the Rams. Before that, he had a tumultuous reign as head coach of the Denver Broncos, and is the man who drafted QB Tim Tebow in the first round back in 2010.
While he had his difficulties in St. Louis and Denver, McDaniels is a brilliant offensive mind. He was the architect of the record-setting, undefeated 2007 Patriots offense. The next year, he helped develop Matt Cassel when Brady was lost for the season, and the team went 11-5.
O’Brien, meanwhile, will continue to be the offensive coordinator through the playoffs before taking over as the head coach of Penn State after the season.